Braves make a statement
Bendigo far too good for young Wangaratta team in lopsided CBL encounter
BENDIGO Braves stamped themselves as front runners to take out the North East conference crown on Sunday with a 95-46 victory over Wangaratta.
The Braves made 16 more free throws, three more two point shots and nine more
three point shots in the 49-point victory.
The damage was done in the first quarter with the travelling Braves side torching Wangaratta Warriors 25 points to eight through the first 10 minutes of play.
The Warriors seemingly had no answers to the likes of Danielle O’Toole (30 points) who hit back-to-back three
pointers to open the game’s scoring.
A better performance on the offensive end from the Warriors in the second quarter was welcomed, but still Bendigo pushed ahead with a 27-14 quarter and took a 30-point, 52-22, lead into half time.
Bendigo stepped up on defence, keeping Wanga-
ratta to just eight points again and scoring another 26 points in a polished offensive display.
The home side gave it their all in the final term, holding the Braves to 17 points and scoring 16 themselves in the Warriors’ best quarter of the game, but it was too little too late with the Braves’ first three quar-
ters proving that they are a class above.
O’Toole’s 30 points came off the back of five three pointers, five made free throws and five two-point shots in a brilliant scoring output.
For the Warriors, Alaana Northey led the scoring with 10 points, while Chloe Storer (eight points) and Georgia
Clark (seven points) also contributed.
It was a positive weekend for the Warriors with Sophie Morey, Morgan Byrne and Soraya Richardson all suiting up for the Warriors’ CBL side for the first time.
The Lady Warriors’ next game will be against Echuca Pirates on November 18 in Echuca.